Depending on what kind of person Eric Knudsen, creator of the Slenderman legend, is, he’s either horrified at the monster he’s created or delighted by its power.
Slenderman just became “real.”
After two 12-year-old girls were charged with first-degree attempted homicide for stabbing a friend 19 times in the name of the fictional internet monster Slenderman, fans of the Marble Hornets YouTube channel are left wondering how this affects their universe — particularly the Marble Hornets movie that went into production last year.
Marble Hornets, which tells a Slenderman mythos story in the “Blair Witch Project” documentary-style narrative, partnered with production company Mosaic to release a big screen adaptation of their YouTube series.
With the high profile assault by these young girls, who have been charged as adults though, the plot thickens. The film is slated for an August 2014 release according to the official SlenderMan movie website, but does this near tragedy help or hurt the movies chances of seeing the light of day? We’ve reached out to Marble Hornets founders Troy Wagner and Joseph DeLage for comment — we will update when we hear back.
On May 31, the two young assailants, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, lured their friend into the Wisconsin woods to play hide and seek after a sleepover. Instead, they stabbed her repeatedly, missing a major artery at one point by a millimeter. It was a crime they had been planning since December. Their ultimate plan? Offer the girl up as a tribute to Slenderman, after which they would “go live in his secluded mansion with him.” Grim stuff.
SlenderMan, a mysterious, faceless shadow figure who appears at will and haunts children, was initially created on the Something Awful forum and has since become the preeminent boogeyman of internet lore.
Something tells me that real life is now only going to help this film.
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